Fundamentals of Combustion Processes

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Fundamentals of Combustion Processes

Fundamentals of Combustion Processes

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Pages : 315
Size : 6.6 MB

Book Description

Combustion is present continuously in our lives. It is a major source of energy
conversion for power generation, transportation, manufacturing, indoor heating and
air conditioning, cooking, etc. It is also a source of destructive events such as
explosions and building and wildland fires. Its uncontrolled use may have damaging
health effects through contamination of air and water. While combustion has helped
humanity to prosper greatly, particularly with the use of fossil fuels, its indiscrimi-
nate use is altering the current global ecological balance through contamination and
global warming. Thus, it is natural that combustion concerns people of all education
levels, and it is important that the subject of combustion is taught at several levels of
technical depth in schools and colleges.
Combustion is an interdisciplinary field with the interaction of thermodynamics,
chemistry, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, and, consequently, difficult to
describe in simple terms and in a balanced manner between the different basic
sciences. Many of the books currently available in combustion are geared to
researchers in the field or to students conducting graduate studies. There are few
books that are planned for teaching students that are not advanced in their technical
studies. It is for this reason we have written this book aiming at readers that have not
been previously exposed to combustion science, and that is at the undergraduate
college level. We have often traded accuracy in our description and explanation of
combustion processes for simplicity and easiness of understanding. Our readers should
have knowledge of basic sciences, but are not necessarily advanced in their studies.
The book is based on lectures given by the authors through the years in a senior
elective undergraduate combustion class in the Department of Mechanical Engi-
neering at the University of California, Berkeley. The organization of the book
chapters follows more or less those of other combustion textbooks, starting with a
review of thermodynamics, chemical kinetics and the transport conservation equa-
tions. This is followed with chapters on the basic concepts of ignition, premixed
and non-premixed combustion, and a chapter on emissions from combustion. The
application of these basic concepts in practical combustion systems is implemented
in a chapter devoted to internal combustion engines. Examples of problem solutions
of different combustion processes are given through the book to help the student
understand the material. A few problems are also given at the end of the different

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